May 19 : Chengdu

Xin’Ande Restaurant, 339 Anping E Rd, Pidu District, Sichuan, China

Key Info

  • May 19th 2024 at 11 a.m (China time).
  • Ceremony at Xin’Ande Restaurant, 339 Anping E Rd, Pidu District, Sichuan, China [map]
  • The wedding banquet will include a multi-course meal, dancing, music and speeches.
  • In the early morning on the day of the wedding family members are invited to join traditional Chinese Wedding traditions, including door games.

Travel Tips

Pandas, tea-houses, UNESCO-listed wonders of the world (dams from 256BC), ear-cleaning(!), temples, mountains and more… there’s lots to see in Chengdu!

We’re encouraging guests to arrive on Friday May 17 so we can help them travel from the airport (TFU) to the hotel near the venue. (The CA 424 departing London May 16 is a great choice, arriving 15.45 on Friday).

Accommodation is available directly opposite the wedding venue (Xin’Ande Restaurant) at Hotel-Yichen which is newly refurbished. We’ll be happy to help you negotiate a favourable rate and secure your booking.

Hotel Address in Chinese: 逸宸酒店(安德川菜产业园店),安平东路236号1栋1单元3楼
Hotel Address in English: Yichen Hotel, 3rd Floor, Unit 1, No. 236 Anping East Road, Pixian, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Please note Hotel-Yichen and wedding are quite a long way from central Chengdu so if you’re planning to stay a while in the Sichuan area we’d recommend considering staying just for the weekend there (e.g. 17th, 18th and 19th).

On Monday (20th May) we’re planning to arrange mini-bus from Hotel-Yichen up to visit Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System. We’ll give you a tour! From here you’re encouraged to consider staying the night and exploring further, and then central Chengdu is an easy high-speed rail ride from Dujiangyan station to Xipu.

Shopping in China

Many shops in China do not accept payment with credit cards. An alternative more convenient than cash (which is also not accepted everywhere!) is the “Alipay”, “TourCard” feature. We recommend you set this up the week before you arrive.

Visa Info for Visting China

  • If you visit China for 6 days or less and are flying on to a third country (not your origin) you can enter China visa-free. Apply for a 144-hour Visa-free transit on arrival. More details here and here.
  • If you are staying more than 6 days you will probably need a visa. From the collection of your documents and submission of the online form, to picking up your visa at the Chinese Visa centre, allow yourself a week. (China’s published processing time for all centres is 4 working days).
  • 🇬🇧 British Citizens -> Visa Application (London)
  • 🇺🇸 American Citizens -> Visa Application (Newly simplified — San Francisco, New York)
  • 🇨🇦 Canadian Citizens -> Visa Application (Centres in all major Canadian cities)
  • 🇦🇺 Australian Citizens -> Visa Application (Centres in all major Australian cities)
  • 🇯🇵 Japanese Citizens -> Visa Application (Centres in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoa)
  • Air China flies direct to Chengdu from London Heathrow on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; returning on the same days of the week. A recommended itinerary might be departing Thursday May 16th 2024, returning May 23rd 2024 (you will need a visa for this itinerary).

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